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Elwood News

12 days ago

ELWOOD, IN – Today the City of Elwood Municipal Wastewater Utility broke ground on their $8 Million renovation and expansion.

The City of Elwood was required to develop a long-term plan to rectify conditions at the wastewater treatment facility in order to properly treat flows, replace and upgrade key components of the plant, and to comply with federal and state laws.

Under the direction of Mayor Ron Arnold, the Board of Works and key utility personnel undertook an exhaustive and diligent process of reviewing engineering proposals from numerous firms. Triad Associates was selected for their expertise and commitment to provide a cost effective, comprehensive solution for the City.

The plan developed by Triad Associates includes replacing some key treatment components and expanding the plant capacity in order to eliminate overflows. This is being accomplished with new head works equipment and new higher performing pumps, modifying some existing concrete tanks to accommodate an important aeration process, new clarification, and final effluent disinfection. The new components have all been designed with improved electrical efficiencies, simplifying the treatment process and minimizing operation and maintenance costs to the City upon completion.

Building Crafts, Inc. was the successful bidder for construction of the project, and documents were signed on December 30, 2014 to commence construction. It is anticipated that the work will take one year. The project is being funded by a low-interest 20-year loan from the Indiana State Revolving Fund Program.

The wastewater treatment plant is located on South J Street (West of South 13th Street) Map link: http://goo.gl/EFtc1O

Statement by Mayor Ron Arnold on the Elwood Waste Water Groundbreaking

I want to welcome everyone to this important milestone for the City of Elwood. You know when I think back on the first day I took office, I was presented with an agreed order that I had to sign agreeing with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to get our water treatment systems in compliance.

It has come, with a significant investment from the people of Elwood, that we stand here today breaking ground for this state-of- the-art Water Treatment System. A significant number of people have worked hard to help Elwood get to this point today. Our efforts have paid off and will have major long-term benefits.

I want to point out 2 major events that we are celebrating today. These events were accomplished through a joint effort and a lot of patience, hard work and political capital:

1: For the first time we are no longer under an agreed order thanks to all the hard work from Josh, Glenn, and the entire team.

2: This is a project, that at one point, was projected to cost the taxpayers over 9 million dollars. Thanks to a lot of hard work from a lot of people, we have now reduced the projected costs down to 7 million dollars.

This is a very important event for Elwood and the Utility customers. While this might not be as exciting as a new businesses coming to town creating hundreds of jobs, this infrastructure is critical to attracting new businesses and industry to Elwood in the future.

Getting the City of Elwood out from under the agreed order is a great accomplishment and will release a lot of pressure for the future generations and citizens of Elwood.

As your Mayor, I am committed every day to work to improve the Utility Department and make sure that we continue to be on solid financial footing.

I want to thank you for coming today and joining me as we break ground on this important project.

Elwood News

13 days ago

ELWOOD, IN – To commemorate the successful financing and groundbreaking for the Elwood Municipal Waste-water Utility’s $8 Million renovation & expansion, the city will be holding a formal “groundbreaking event” on Tuesday January 13 at 10:30 am at the plant site. The waste-water treatment plant is located on South J Street (West of South 13th Street)

Map link: http://goo.gl/EFtc1O

Elwood News

18 days ago

St Vincent Mercy Hospital (1331 South A Street Elwood, IN) will open a warming center for anyone who needs a place to get warm or a warm place to sleep.

chevymann03 » Elwood Classifieds

21 days ago

3 snowthrowers for sale

3hp 20inch clearing path 2cycle craftsman not sure what if anything it needs i got it last yr and never messed with it has 110v electric start . 150 obo

5hp 20inch clearing path atlas runs off carb cleaner or gas down top of carb but wont pull its own gas from tank . Has new gas tank , new valves new seats new head gasket new carb diaphram and carberator to motor block gasket . Self propelled. Built like a tank ! 200 obo

5hp 24inch clearing path 2 stage runs but hard to start. Has electric start . Needs the handle welded back to the upright as someone before i got it didnt weld it right n the weld broke so now the handle has some play in it when you try to slide the snowthrower around to move it . 250$ obo

Pickup at my place in elwood, or possable delivery only once paid for and is extra .. NO HOLDS FIRST COME BASIS. NO PRIVATE MESSAGES NO TEXTS. HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT SOMETHING GIVE ME A CALL . CALLS ONLY 10AM -10PM 765 551 4448

chevymann03 » Elwood Classifieds

21 days ago

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST ,Still have least 2 full size truck loads of unsplit / seasoned fire wood . THIS IS YOU PICKUP ONLY . I have had least a dozen calls saying they want the wood but none call back or answer thier phone . I also have apprx 6ft long log that needs cut up and would take a 20inch saw to cut and whats left of a willow tree limb that fell few weeks ago that was dead , we have been burning it to get rid of it . This wood is first come first gets it , sold by truck load or sell all the wood at one time for better price . Call / show up today for best price . Please do not call wanting to make arrangements for several days away .

CONTACT ME BY PHONE CALLS ONLY NO PRIVATE MESSAGES NO TEXTS, CALLS 10AM -10PM 765 551 4448 elwood pick up CALL FOR PRICES , MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR BRINGING TO LOAD

chevymann03 » Elwood Classifieds

21 days ago

wheel horse 310-8 garden tractor 8speed with high and low range. 10hp kohler magnum side shaft 37 inch deck tubes in back tires , tune up , oil change in motor and rear axle as well as installed large see through fuel filter back in september or october . needs only deck belt , battery and possibly choke cable as the one on it keeps freezing up inside . this is not a junk tractor by far this is what they use for the tractor pulls , this one will pull several times more then its weight as we used it to move my moms 96 chevy lumina car out of the way to lay the pipe for septic .

im selling for 500$ obo , BUT i will consider trade for riding mower with snowthrower least 36inch bur prefer larger 42inch , rider can need motor but ONLY if it has a briggs or techumse vertical shaft engine now . im really wanting a mtd as if by chance the rider breaks mid winter i can swap the snowthrower over to another rider with out making modifications to the snow thrower . . id also trade for snowthrower for mtd rider but in either case if trading for rider and snowthrower or snowthrower for mtd rider only they must be complete ( other then motor on rider ) .

CONTACT ME ONLY BY PHONE CALLS AND ONLY 10am-10pm 765 551 4448 IM LOCATED NORTH OF ELWOOD . I DO NOT HOLD ANYTHING FOR ANYONE ANYMORE DUE TO NO SHOWS I HAD THIS TRADED TO GUY FROM GREENWOOD THAT CONTACTED ME FOR TRADE AND HE WONT RETURN CALLS AFTER MAKEING ARRANGEMENTS TO COME UP 2 WEEKS AGO .

chevymann03 » Elwood Classifieds

21 days ago

seen a bit ago according to weather bug and tipton county comunications e911 they are expecting upwards of 7inches of snow tomorrow night into tuesday morning with gusting winds . if we do get accumilating snow tomorrow night ill be chainging my phone to accept calls starting at 8am for those wanting snow plowing done .

NOW FOR DETAILS , ALL JOBS ARE PRICED IN PERSON ONLY AND CAN NOT BE PRICES OVER FACEBOOK OR BY PHONE CALLS . I CAN ONLY GIVE A PRICE ONCE I SEE WHAT NEEDS DONE IN PERSON . DEPENDING ON HOW BAD IT GETS I MAY NOT TRAVEL OUT OF TOWN AS I USE A RIDING MOWeR WITH PLOW FOR THE JOBS AND A SNOWTHROWER . I DO NOT BLOCK GATES , CARS ECT LESS HAVE EXPLICIT WORD FROM OWNER THEY CAN BE BLOCKED . I AM WILLING TO ACCEPT LAWN / SNOW EQUIPMENT , ELECTRONICS ECT AS PAYMENT FOR THE JOB . ANYTHING BEING OFFERED aS TRADE I WILL NEED TO SEE IN PERSON AND INSPECT . PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOUR WANTING TO OFFER ITEM( S ) IN TRADE WHEN CALLING AND WHAT THEY ARE , CONDITION ECT .

CALLS ONLY 10am-10pm 765 551 4448 NO TEXTS NO PRIVATE MESSAGES MORNINGS AFTER IT SNOWED OVER NIGHT MY PHONE WILL TAKE CALLS STARTING AT 8am . CALL JOBS ARE TAKEN AS THEY COME IN .

Elwood News

27 days ago

The Grinch who tried to steal Christmas in Elwood

There is a person or persons unknown (some known) in this town who tried to put a damper on our Christmas celebration in Elwood. We will call them our Grinch! I think the people of this town should know some of the barriers they have tried to put up and to what lengths they went.

Lets start with the Lights. Now when this project was first brought before the board, the city attorney ( who is also the county's) was asked if this project qualified as a legal use of a revitalization fund and after reviewing the proposal, he said it was. The proposal was then sent to the office that distributes this fund for review to make sure it was a legitimate expense for this fund and that office also signed off on the proposal.

Now I have heard some rumbling about the money for the lights being taken out of the revitalization fund not being a legal expense. Our Grinch has gone as far as contacting that office and requesting the guidelines on how that money is to be spent to try to find a way to get the City ( Mayor) in trouble for buying them. Since the City / County attorney and the office that distributed the fund have all signed off on the lights as a legitimate use of the fund, I think that case is closed.

Did everyone enjoy Movie night with Santa? The court room was packed with little smiling faces that night. I would like to tell you how close it came to being cancelled because of our Grinch.
Movie night with Santa and Mrs Claus started last year. They watched the movie "How The Grinch stole Christmas" and Santa and Mrs Claus were there. The event was being organized by the same person who did it last year until about a week or so before it was to go on. At that point it was taken over by the Mayor. ( Now I don't know the political undertones and don't care) but this person told me personally, she told the Mayor she was worn out from all the other events she had done and needed a break. So I will take her at her word.

So the Mayor took over putting on the event and called it The mayors Christmas movie night with Santa and Mrs Claus. The movie had already been picked and Santa and Mrs Claus had already been arranged. It was actually the same movie and Santa they had used last year. So he got the sponsors and volunteers to work, and they even had the Grinch there for pictures.

Thursday at 52pm ( the event was the next night) the Mayors office gets a call from a representative from Universal Studio's in Los Angele's saying they got a report, the city of Elwood was going to play the Grinch movie without the proper license or permits and it would be basically illegal for them to play it. There were no problems with the movie last year or earlier in November when it was first announced. Only after the Mayor took over did the problems arise. The Mayor contacted the Cornerstone Assembly of God on Friday ( they do the movies in the park and have all the necessary licenses and permits needed) and asked them if he could get a copy of their license to fax to Universal to show them he had the proper license to play the movie under their license as they had agreed to co-host the movie night with Santa, and it would not have to be cancelled . The show went on with a large turnout and a lot of happy children. There was a cartoon movie played at the Super Hero party for the kids. I didn't hear of any infringement problems with playing that movie. I wonder why?

Another Grinch attempt to steal Christmas averted by small town Elwood-ville. ( who-ville)

Now as far as our Santa drama. This was the Grinch's most despicable attack on our Christmas celebration of all. To make the City ( Mayor) look bad, they Ruined the reputation of a private citizen, smeared his good name, not just locally but ended up broadcasting his name, picture and problems on all 4 networks state wide. The man in question was raised here and is very well known as a kind, considerate and generous man. He served and swore an oath to our country as a Marine and our community as an Elwood police officer. He has no problem passing a background check, he has had a clean record for 55 years. As far as the charge against him is concerned, this is still America, he deserves his day in court. We are suppose to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, NOT the court of public opinion!

Our Grinch brought the reporter here from the Anderson Herald with a copy of this mans probable cause warrant and then walked around town asking questions about him, then he wrote the BAD SANTA story about him and Elwood. In an attempt to make our city ( Mayor) look bad or incompetent by not having the Santa house open. They drug a good man through the mud, and the only reason is because he had the audacity to volunteer to play Santa for the city's Santa House. 1 night a week. Fun Fact: His birthday is Christmas Day!

Now to clear the record. The city and the Mayor knew of the pending charges against this man. They did not feel it should be a problem considering it was a non violent offense, that didn't involve children, battery, assault or domestic violence and he had not been found guilty of any wrong doing. Now there was another Santa who's background check did come back problematic and he was informed he couldn't play Santa for the City.

Now once again the wonderful citizens from Elwood-ville showed an outpouring of Christmas spirit and support for our city and the Mayors office was flooded with calls for Santa volunteers! Enough to insure our Santa house would remain open for Santa's work (The Children!) Elwood-ville wins again!

I know there will be some who will say they are just concerned citizens who only have the community's best interest at heart. To those people I would ask, Who's best interest? The Children's? Who would be hurt the worst if we didn't have a Santa in our Santa house, or if Movie night with Santa had been cancelled because of a phone call reporting the city for rights infringement? THE CHILDREN!!!! Not the Mayor!

Why would anyone want to purposely try to sabotage our Christmas events and have Elwood highlighted in the local and state media in a bad light? All the while not caring about the collateral damage along the way. The smear of a man and the tears of a child.

What finally convinced me this had nothing to do with the best interest of the city but only their own private vendetta was The mayors Movie night with Santa. Think about it. Everything was the same as last year, the organizers, the movie, Santa and Mrs Claus. There were no problems last year, and not a hint of trouble this year until the Mayor took over! Then Universal Studio's gets a report that Elwood's playing a 14 year old movie without the proper license. Someone called Universal and reported the city for playing the same movie they had no problem with being played last year because it was not put on by the Mayor. Who would that have hurt? THE CHILDREN!

In conclusion, we have a Grinch, or group of them, who really did try to steal Christmas in Elwood for their own political agenda. But the citizens of Elwood-ville, like the " who's in who-ville" came together and kept the Christmas Spirit alive in Elwood.

The Elwood Grinch's Motto: Stop The Progress. But just like in the movie, they failed!

Happy New Year Folks.

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